Fluffy Tin Can Lamb
By: Amanda Formaro
Difficulty: Very Easy
Age: 3 and up
If you are looking for a super-easy craft to make as a gift this Easter, this is the ideal project for kids. This sweet little tin can lamb craft makes a wonderful teacher’s gift, pencil holder for mom’s desk or a candy or coin holder.
Also check out our other great Easter crafts and activities.
What you'll need:
- Empty tin vegetable can, washed and dried
- Liquitex Basics Gesso
- Large paint brush
- 45-50 cotton balls (couple of handfuls)
- One-half of a sheet of black felt
- Two medium wiggle eyes
- Small black pom pom
- Eight-inch piece of colored ribbon
- White craft glue (Tacky Glue)
How to make it:
- First, parents may need to use a piece of sandpaper or an Emory board to file off any sharp edge around the opening of the can. Many cans come with flip-top lids now and these are ideal as there are no sharp edges.
- Paint the outside of the can with one coat of Gesso. This will help the glue stick to the can as well as provide a white background in case your little ones leave any gaps between cotton balls. Allow to dry.
- Glue cotton balls onto the can, start at the bottom and work your way around the can. Then move up a layer and go all the way around again. Repeat this process until can is completely covered.
- From the black felt, cut out two ears (the shape of a capital letter D without the middle cut out) and two hooves. The hooves are just two small squares, round the edges of one end and cut a small triangle at the bottom for the toe.
- Glue ears and feet in place.
- Glue on wiggle eyes.
- Glue on pom pom for nose.
- Tie a piece of ribbon into a bow. Trim the ends and glue below the nose.
- This is very easy for little ones. Show them how to do the first few cotton balls and they will be able to do the rest on their own!
- Use any color bow you like. Curling ribbon that you may have handy from previous birthday wrappings works perfectly.
- There are can openers on the market that do not leave sharp edges. If you don’t have one, just be sure that you use sandpaper or a nail file to sand any points off.